Guala Closures opens extended manufacturing facility

Guala Closures, a leading manufacturer of aluminium closures, has added a new production unit to its existing plant in Magneta, Italy.

The group, which recorded a turnover of €418 million in 2011 and operates globally in 16 countries through 25 production plants, decided to centralise the processing of the aluminium used by all the company’s plants worldwide that produce closures for wine, spirits, oil and vinegar.

The overall investment for the Magenta plant, which employs 64 people, was €18 million. After a start-up phase of a few months, Guala Closures Group expects to hire additional workers when the plant is fully operational and production capacity can be increased.

The Italian health minister, Renato Balduzzi, the chairman of Confindustria Giorgio Squinzi, the Mayor of Magenta, Marco Invernizzi and the deputy chairman of Unicredit, Fabrizio Palenzona all attended the inaugartion ceremony.

“I am particularly proud today to be inaugurating a centre of excellence in Italy,” stated Marco Giovannini, chairman and managing director of the Guala Closures Group. “It bears witness to the courage to invest in a totally new technology, unique in the packaging sector. An important sign, above all in a historic period of such great difficulty for business in Italy. The new plant in Magenta is a flagship in aluminium processing, which will enable the group to achieve higher production efficiency and to guarantee customers products of the highest quality in terms of respecting the environment.”

When fully operational, the new Magenta plant will transform up to 25,000 tonnes of aluminium sheet for the estimated production of around 7.5 billion beverage closures per year (the group produces 12 billion closures in total per year) and one billion other closures that have metal components. Furthermore, the plant is able to treat the surface and degrease the aluminium before it is processed and pressed, without the use of chromium, and is equipped with a system to recover the acids used in the degreasing phase able to neutralise and transform them into water, significantly reducing special waste.

In addition to the aluminium processing plant, the facility in Magenta will also be used for the decoration of the metal sheets and boasts a machine for lithography that uses a technology for drying through UV rays, and can decorate in up to six colours simultaneously.

The company also presented its first sustainability report for 2011, which provides  information based on 12 strategic indicators relating to the environment, health and safety and production efficiency as well as describing the group’s medium-term objectives in a clear way to its stakeholders, starting with its employees. The report refers to the Italian production sites of Guala Closures and will gradually be extended to the group worldwide. The document will be published annually with a view to illustrating the results actually achieved.

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